Matthew L. Evans

Matthew L. Evans 
Director of Public Policy & Special Projects

Matthew L. Evans is the Director of Public Policy and Special Projects at the Southeastern Council of Foundations. He is responsible for leading the organization’s public policy efforts at both state and federal levels. He provides important thought leadership for the region on how public policy issues impact philanthropy and our communities, while also developing, implementing and managing activities that facilitate the engagement and education of SECF members in the area of public policy.

Additionally, in this capacity, Matthew advocates legislative goals, manages and oversees grassroots efforts, recruits industry partners and works to nurture and preserve partnerships with external organizations around the country.

With over a decade of experience, Matthew comes to SECF with a unique skill set and an extensive background in lobbying, government relations and advocacy, including work with membership associations.

Prior to his role at SECF, Matthew was tasked with building the first ever advocacy department of one of the largest charter school networks in Georgia. Along with serving as a primary point of contact for elected officials, he also led efforts to create and maintain a coalition of students, teachers, school administrators and community members to serve as grassroots advocates.

Most of Matthew’s professional career was shaped during his time in Washington, D.C. From 2007 until 2017, he held multiple positions that gave him direct experience in working with elected officials and associations, where he led advocacy efforts for several national organizations. 

Matthew is excited to bring his skills and experience to SECF and lead its work to promote and defend philanthropy in Washington and in statehouses throughout the Southeast. Matthew is also no stranger to the South – he is an Atlanta native and a proud alumnus of Tennessee State University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in English.

Contact Matthew at matthew@secf.org.

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